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McMackin reunion foiled by an injury

The McMackin family reunion will go on, just not quite as planned. Back in March, they thought it would happen in Chicago, where Rob McMackin and younger brother Shawn, were offensive linemen for the Rush. But five days before the Arena Football League season opener, Spokane needed an offensive lineman and Chicago needed a defensive back so the Shock acquired Rob in exchange for Chris Martin.

McMackins miss reunion

The McMackin family reunion will go on, just not quite as planned. Back in March, they thought it would happen in Chicago, where Rob McMackin and younger brother Shawn, were offensive linemen for the Rush. But five days before the Arena Football League season opener, Spokane needed an offensive lineman and Chicago needed a defensive back so the Shock acquired Rob in exchange for Chris Martin. The trade foiled the brothers’ hopes of being on the same team, and possibly starting side-by-side, for the first time.

Shock hold off Barnstormers

The Spokane Shock didn’t play perfect football Friday, but they managed to keep their unblemished road record intact.

Shock set for Iowa team in need of big win

There are a number of factors that seemingly make the Spokane Shock’s chore tonight tougher than it appears. They are still a banged-up team. They face a difficult travel schedule with a second consecutive venture halfway across the country. Their opponent, Iowa, desperately needs a win to keep its playoff hopes alive. But one positive should outweigh all others.

After rocky start, Shock DB one of league’s best

Spokane Shock defensive back Travis Williams didn’t have to read fans’ minds after he struggled early in the 2010 Arena Football League season. Fans freely expressed what they thought of Williams’ performance with verbal taunts from the stands and unsigned screeds posted on message boards.

Shock will keep pedal to metal

If the Spokane Shock keep winning, they could face an interesting decision as the Arena Football League regular season winds down. Spokane (11-2) has won the West Division, clinching at least one home playoff game, and it is closing in on the best overall record in the National Conference and AFL. The latter would mean hosting rights throughout the playoffs.

Shock win in overtime, clinch division

The Spokane Shock clinched the Western Division title and a berth in the Arena Football League playoffs with an overtime victory at Cleveland.

Shock win game, lose No. 1 spot

Arena football: The Spokane Shock defeated the then-No. 2 Arizona Rattlers last week but found themselves out of the No. 1 spot in the AFL coaches poll after a two-week stay. The Tampa Bay Storm took over first place in Wednesday’s poll after an eight-point win over the Chicago Rush, now No. 4. The Shock won by one point against Arizona, now No. 3.

Shock defense key during win streak

Spokane has offered two examples recently of the strides its defense has taken since yielding at least 70 points in three of the first four games this season. Two weeks ago, Milwaukee, which torched Spokane for 74 points in early April, managed just 48 in the rematch. And last Friday, the Shock shut down Arizona 37-36, roughly two months after the Rattlers scored 56 against Spokane.

Shock bag Rattlers for two-game lead

The injuries are piling up to key players, but the Spokane Shock continue to accumulate something to ease some of the pain: wins. The latest was a grind-it-out 37-36 victory over Arizona on Friday that strengthened No. 1-ranked Spokane’s hold on the West Division lead over its closest competitor. The Shock improved to 10-2 with their eighth consecutive win, which was viewed by 10,268 at the Arena. They have a two-game lead, plus own the tiebreaker, over No. 4 Arizona (8-4).

Spokane stands up to every situation

On the bad feelings scale, it was somewhere between a Joe Shogun council meeting and “Kill Bill,” either volume. A lot of bluster, not so much blood. You’ve heard of grudge matches? This wound up being a grunge match.

Shock, Rattlers rumble again tonight

It usually takes more than one game for a rivalry to take root. But the Spokane Shock and Arizona Rattlers are well on their way to a full-fledged rivalry after their back-and-forth Arena Football League battle in May.

Shock accept change

The Spokane Shock are 11 games into the season and only seven players have seen time in every contest. They change offensive linemen and the team still leads the Arena Football League in points per game. They call on a new receiver or two – 12 players have at least one reception – and the Shock remain in the top five in passing yardage. They insert a different fullback (basically a fourth blocker) and quarterback Kyle Rowley still has time to scan the field.

Shock score impressive win

The Spokane Shock on Saturday won their seventh straight Arena Football League game, the latest an impressive 62-48 victory over the Milwaukee Iron at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

Shock have shown steely resolve

Milwaukee gave Spokane a rough introduction to the Arena Football League in early April, but the Shock didn’t stay down for long. After falling to the visiting Iron 74-62, Spokane has won eight of nine games – the lone loss coming on a last-second kick return by Cleveland – to fashion the AFL’s best record. Sixth-ranked Milwaukee (7-4), which has lost three of its last five, dropped into second place in the Midwest Division after falling to Chicago (8-3) last week.

Vijil has put up shocking numbers

Raul Vijil has been a quality player since joining the Spokane Shock in their inaugural season in 2006. He has been part of championships in 2006 and 2009. He was first-team All-arenafootball2 in 2008 and 2009. His name is stamped throughout Spokane’s lists of single-season and career records. All of which makes Vijil’s production of late even more impressive. Four games into the season, Vijil had 26 catches for 345 yards and seven touchdowns. Good numbers.